Updated: August 31, 2017


COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE MADE AN ARREST STEMMING FROM A RAPE THAT OCCURRED ON AUGUST 17TH.  ACCORDING TO THE DAILY HERALD, TIMOTHY DIAL, 50, WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH RAPE, ASSAULT AND AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING AFTER AN INVESTIGATION.  THE VICTIM WAS OUT GARDENING EARLY THAT MORNING WHEN SHE WAS APPROACHED, ATTACKED AND DRAGGED INTO HER HOME AND WAS ALLEGEDLY RAPED BY DIAL. AFTER THE INCIDENT THE VICTIM WAS ABLE TO RUN TO A NEARBY FIRE STATION FOR HELP.  SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE FROM A GROCERY STORY WAS USED IN HELPING IDENTIFY THE SUSPECT, WHO SUPPOSEDLY ATTEMPTED TO APPROACHED HER THE NIGHT BEFORE.